(Australia)Violence in special needs school; money to be spent to address the issue

Feb 5, 2018, News Australia: Concerned parent speaks out about horrific attacks—THIS six-year-old girl endured sickening bullying attacks, including allegedly being hit and choked. Her family is demanding action A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl has been attacked with a stick and had cords tied around her neck in a series of violent incidents, a distressed parent has claimed. Lee* says his young daughter, Isabelle, is now fearful of attending Mount Gambier North Primary School, in rural South Australia, because of the alleged bullying.... “I was having trouble getting my daughter to school, I finally got her there at 10am and the classroom door was locked,” said Lee. “One student had been locked-in and another was carrying on.” … “You ask yourself questions like ‘is she experiencing post-traumatic stress and how is this behaviour going to affect her later in life?’”… “It is the only school in the area that deals with special needs children and appears to get most of the problem children in the area as no other school wants to help them or can’t help them,” he said. The school referred a request for comment to Limestone Coast education director Adam Box, who told local media he was aware of the complex behaviours and needs of students and staff at the school — and, that the department is working to address it. “Behaviour management is a fundamental part of teaching and the department has invested a significant amount into intervention measures to help schools manage student behaviour,” Mr Box told The Border Watch. … He added that there were steps being taken to assist schools in dealing with student behaviour, including an investment of $1.8m into student wellbeing initiatives to support pre-school and primary students most at risk of disengagement. …

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